Lauren Jimeson

After working in television, public relations and education Lauren Jimeson finally found her niche being able to work from home as a freelance writer and a social media consultant. Lauren lives in New York City with her husband, two little girls, and her baby boy. She chronicles her life as a city mom with a suburban mentality on her personal blog, A Mommy in the City. Read even more from Lauren at Babble.com, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.

The Magic of Hand-Me-Downs

When I found out I was pregnant with Macks, I was so excited that I was going to have the opportunity the buy an entire new wardrobe for him. Since I had been a mom to two girls, Avery, my youngest daughter, still gets many of the clothes that her older sister wore. While I still like to add clothes to her wardrobe, much of it is stuff that her sister has worn.

5 Tips for Setting the Kids' Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and I am so excited to be hosting this year for family and friends. It’s the first holiday in our new house, so I am even more excited to cook and decorate for all to see.

Because we are having many guests, we don’t have much room for the kids to sit at the table, so I am making a special table just for them. When I mentioned it to my oldest daughter, she wasn’t as thrilled as I was to sit at a table with just the kids. Little did she know that I had a great table planned for her that she is going to be so excited to sit at because it will be so much fun.

Here’s how I’m making sure my little ones have fun at the kids table this Thanksgiving.

Kids Table

Magical Moments from Macks' Ninth Month

Macks’ recently turned nine months old, and it’s so crazy to think that in just a few short months he will be turning one year old. As time quickly passes, I’ve been trying to cherish every single magical moment that we experience.

Month nine was filled with so many milestones. First was that he is finally at an acceptable weight and we no longer have to go for weight checks! This was huge for us, and I am so happy that he is a healthy growing boy. He’s also started to pull himself up and stand on his own. If he’s anything like his sisters, he will be walking very soon.

As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving this week, I wanted to look back at all of the magical moments Macks’ experienced in his ninth month. I am so thankful to have him in our lives.

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Thanksgiving "Casserole" Baby Food Recipe

We are so excited to celebrate Macks’ first Thanksgiving next week. I’m even more excited that he can join in on eating at the table with us. Since Macks started solids at six months, I’ve had so much fun making his baby food and trying out different combinations of flavors.

Every Saturday morning, I get all of the fruits and vegetables prepared to make Macks’ baby food for the week. It’s a time for me that I can relax on my own. It’s really easy and really fun.

With Thanksgiving coming up, I wanted to create something for Macks that he could enjoy with us. I know he’d love all of the food that we have at the table, but he’s not quite old enough to enjoy it all. As I thought about the dishes I was preparing, I knew I was going to make countless casseroles for our menu, and I wanted to do the same for Macks. Using some of the food items we will enjoy on Thursday, I blended them together for Macks’ very own Thanksgiving “casserole.”

If you’ve got a little one celebrating their first Thanksgiving, make this for them to enjoy along side with you at the table.

A Fun DIY Thanksgiving Placemat for Your Little One!

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving nearly a week away. While I am carefully planning our Thanksgiving menu, I’m letting my little ones get in on the Thanksgiving fun with some decor for their kids’ table. My girls love to paint and I am planning a fun and interactive kids table for them on Thanksgiving Day (I’ll share more next week) so I wanted them to help me personalize their table with some fun placemats.

These were not only fun for them to make (and get their hands dirty) but they will also double as a coloring mat for them during Thanksgiving dinner. 

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